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2022 Emerging Technology Virtual Conference

January 13, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

GWDC Member $10, Non GWDC Member $80

The ISACA GWDC is proud to host our annual 2022 Emerging Technology Virtual Conference on January 13th. This year it is virtual. Technological advances such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D printing, blockchain, and 5G will have a significant impact on our daily lives. Organizations and digital-born companies want a competitive edge and are implementing these technologies while leaving the risk of their implementations on audit and security professionals. We need to consider and understand their implications to harness their capabilities to proactively address risks. The ISACA GWDC Emerging Tech 2022 conference features local thought leaders and demonstrations on current and emerging topics related to addressing the risk and impact of new technology.

2022 Emerging Technology Agenda:
0830-0930:  Artificial Intelligence Community and Self presented by Dr. Peter Tu (General Electric Research)
0930-1030:  Decentralized Finance (DeFi) presented by Dr. Aleksander Berentsen (University of Basel)
1030-1130:  Quantum Policy: Modernizing Law and Policy to Keep Pace with Technology presented by Ms. April Doss (Georgetown University) 
1130-1230:  How Blockchain is Transforming The Mortgage Industry presented by Mr. Michael Hoffman (Guidehouse)

Technology enablement professionals, IT advisory or audit professionals, Business executives, Cybersecurity professionals, students or professionals interested in learning more about emerging technologies.
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Topics of 2022 Emerging Technology Virtual Conference

Artificial Intelligence Community and Self
Presented by Dr. Peter Tu, General Electric Research

Increasingly, artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled agents are interacting with individuals and communities via a myriad of platforms and devices. Physical instantiations include various forms of robots as well as avatars presented via flat screen displays. Commercial products such Amazon’s Alexa and Apple Corporation’s Siri provide for spoken interactions using mobile and in-home devices, while artificial agents and other online entities are deployed routinely across social media ecosystems.
In this presentation, Dr. Tu will expound on how artificial intelligence and humanity might co-evolve; artificial creative; and life without work.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
Presented by Dr. Aleksander Berentsen, University of Basel (Switzerland)

The paper 'Bitcoin: A Peer-To-Peer Electronic Cash System' describes how several technological components can be linked together to create a virtual asset that is substantially different from any other asset. For the first time in history, ownership of virtual property is possible without the need for a central authority - a development with the potential to fundamentally change the current financial system and many more areas in business and government.
In this presentation, we focus on decentralized finance (DeFi) which allows for financial transactions of any kind without intermediaries (similar to Bitcoin). We discuss various protocols that allow the user to be 'his own banker'. In particular, we show how to trade assets on decentralized exchanges and how to borrow or lend assets on decentralized money markets. Furthermore, we discuss leverage, trade derivatives, bootstrap projects, farm tokens, and acquire insurance without any intermediaries.

Quantum Policy: Modernizing Law and Policy to Keep Pace with Technology
Presented by Ms. April Doss, Georgetown University

The advent of parallel processing, cloud computing, cheap storage, and ever-expanding ecosystems of apps, devices, and data have revolutionized business, national security and policing, and everyday life in ways that would have been hard to imagine just a few decades ago. Unfortunately, many of the laws and regulations governing technology - some enacted decades ago - are far older than the tech we all take for granted. Further complicating matters, legislatures, judges, policymakers, and lawyers often don't have a sound understanding of the technologies they're being asked to advise or legislate on. In order for law and policy to catch up with technology, we need to dig ever more deeply into interdisciplinary ways of working, and we need to approach legal review, compliance programs, security risk, and more through a creative lens - a modernization as compelling in the world of tech law and policy as the introduction of quantum physics has been in the world of physical sciences. This session provides an overview of the legal and policy implications of recent trends in cybersecurity, data privacy, artificial intelligence, and other data-driven technologies, along with a discussion about how to close the ever-growing gap between law, policy, and tech.

How Blockchain is Transforming The Mortgage Industry
Presented by Michael Hoffman, Guidehouse

For the past few years, the use of blockchain technology for financial transactions has increased and there are examples of it being used across many industries— from lending, to insurance, to processing payments. To date there are an estimated 4,000 financial assets and processes operating on blockchain technology, and it’s more than just the buying and selling of bitcoin. Most recently, we have seen blockchain integrate with the mortgage lending market, be used in securing title insurance, and in the same-day settlement of US equities. The US mortgage system is primed for rapid process and technology change, driven by shifting demographics, rising consumer expectations, technological innovations, and outdated legacy infrastructure. Collectively, these factors could enable homebuyers, governments, and real estate and mortgage-related companies to reimagine US housing finance and homeownership. In response to these trends, consumer-centric, digital mortgage, and housing finance solutions are forming across the US at unprecedented speed and scale. This presentation will discuss how blockchain technology is dramatically improving the efficiency and security of financial transactions and its impending challenges.

Meet the Speakers of 2022 Emerging Technology Virtual Conference


Peter Tu
Chief Scientist for Artificial Intelligence, General Electric

Dr. Tu is the principal investigator for the DARPA-sponsored effort associated with group level behavior recognition at a distance. Currently Dr. Tu is GE’s Chief Scientist for Artificial Intelligence at GE Research. He has helped to develop a large number analytic capabilities including: person detection from fixed and moving platforms, crowd segmentation, multi-view tracking, person reacquisition, face modeling, face expression analysis, face recognition at a distance, face verification from photo IDs and articulated motion analysis. Dr. Tu has over 50 peer reviewed publications and has filed more than 50 U.S. patents.

In 1990 Dr. Tu joined Sony Research in Tokyo Japan, where he developed a number of computer vision algorithms for man-machine interfaces. While at Oxford University, his research was devoted to the development of computer vision methods for the automatic analysis of seismic imagery.  In 1997 Dr. Tu became a senior research scientist working at GE Research. In partnership with Lockheed Martin, he developed a set of latent fingerprint matching algorithms for the FBI Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Dr. Tu has also developed optical methods for the precise measurement of 3D parts in a manufacturing setting. Dr. Tu was the principal investigator for the FBI ReFace project, which is tasked with developing an automatic system for face reconstruction from skeletal remains. In 2006, he was the principal investigator for the National Institute of Justice’s 3D Face Enhancer Program. This work was focused on improving face recognition from poor quality surveillance video.

In 2008, Dr. Tu led the GE video analytics team that participated in the DHS STIDP demonstration program - the goal of STIDP is to establish an effective defense against suicide bomber attacks.


Dr. Aleksander Berentsen
Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel 

Aleksander Berentsen is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel. His current research focus is DLT, Blockchain and Cryptoassets, and nonconventional monetary policy instruments such as negative interest rates and balance sheet extensions. He is currently a research fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a member of the advisory board of the thematic equity funds for Credit Suisse Asset Management. He used to be an external advisor for the Swiss National Bank, the ECB and the Bank for International Settlement. He publishes in top academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies and co-authored the book "Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptoassets" published by MIT-Press.

He studied at the Universities of Basel and Bern, and at the London School of Economics, and held visiting positions at the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Zurich, the Free University of Berlin and the Université Paris Dauphine.


April Doss
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Technology and Law

April Falcon Doss is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy. Prior to that, April spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she held a number of positions that included managing operational programs and technology innovation efforts, a posting as an overseas foreign liaison officer, and serving as the Associate General Counsel for Intelligence Law. Subsequently, she served as Senior Minority Counsel for the Russia Investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and chaired the cybersecurity and privacy practice of a major U.S. law firm. She is the author of the book “Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care,” and is a regular commentator on issues relating to national security, cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging technologies. She’s appeared on a number of outlets including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and CBC, and her articles have appeared in a range of publications including The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Lawfare, Bustle, Just Security, and the Washington Post. She’s on Twitter @AprilFDoss.


Michael Hoffman
Financial Services Director, Guidehouse

Michael Hoffman works with clients, trade organizations and influencers to improve citizen's, customer's and client's well being via next generation strategy, solutions and technology designs. As a director in the Guidehouse Public Sector Financial Services Segment, Michael uses his extensive experience in financial services, government, analytics technologies and tech start-ups to advise executives on "why" and "how to" envision, quantify and execute their strategies to achieve sustainable, responsible, measurable, repeatable excellent outcomes. Michael currently works with government and financial institutions on ways to eliminate expense and risk using emerging technologies such as blockchain, distributed ledger technologies (DLT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), institutional wisdom libraries, digital identity and metaverse design solutions. Michael's work digiting how US government agencies work with constituents, banks and citizens have saved tens of thousands of hours and hundreds of millions of dollars across government and financial service companies. Michael's designs for intuitive, mobile-first, financial solutions with embedded risk and performance analytics have modernized several institution's operations and culture.


Special Instructions:
  • Group Internet-Based. Zoom link delivered with registration.
  • Prior to the event, participants must install the Zoom app on their respective devices. Participants using the web-based Zoom or calling via the phone may not be entitled to CPE credits.
  • Participants must respond to all the poll questions via the Zoom polling feature or chat log in order to receive NASBA CPE credits.
  • ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. will not be responsible for the participant’s inability to respond to the polls.


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Earn up to 4 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits in the area of Information Technology. The ISACA® Greater Washington, D.C. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:  www.NASBARegistry.org.

CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey:

CPEs will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present the full day and respond to polling questions to receive full CPE credit.

CPE-Related Details:

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation: None
  • Program Knowledge Level: Basic
  • Delivery Method:  Group Internet based
  • Field of Study:  Information Technology - Technical

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January 13, 2022
8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
GWDC Member $10, Non GWDC Member $80


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